The Switchboard: Hackers may have hit over 99 percent of Home Depot stores

September 4

Published every weekday, the Switchboard is your morning helping of hand-picked stories from the Switch team.

Data: Nearly all U.S. Home Depot stores hit by credit card breach. "Evidence that a major U.S. retailer had been hacked and was leaking card data first surfaced Monday on the cybercrime store rescator[dot]cc, the shop that was principally responsible for selling cards stolen in the Target, Sally Beauty, P.F. Chang’s and Harbor Freight credit card breaches," according to security researcher Brian Krebs. "A comparison of the Zip code data between the unique Zips represented on Rescator’s site and those of the Home Depot stores shows a staggering 99.4 percent overlap."

Twitter taps HackerOne to launch its bug bounty program. "The launch of its bug bounty program … will pay security researchers for responsibly reporting threats through HackerOne, a bug bounty program provider," Techcrunch reports. "Twitter will pay a minimum of $140 per threat reported on Twitter.com, ads.twitter, mobile Twitter, TweetDeck, apps.twitter, and its iOS and Android apps."

You've got Luddites all wrong. Vice writes: "Far from this conception of doddering conservatives who blindly smashed gadgets they didn't understand, the Luddites were actually well-organized guerrilla activists who fought a pointed and trenchant battle to protect their livelihoods."

How to turn the tables on brute-force hackers. "The celebrity photo hack underscores one of the Internet's most worrying dangers: Using weak passwords makes you really, really vulnerable," I write. "Technology exists that could make it absolutely, completely impossible for you to pick a password like '123456.' The idea is to use lists of known, compromised passwords as a bulwark against the kind of brute-force guessing that hackers like to do."

Comcast, TWC, Charter rely on former federal officials to aid merger review. "Among the list of federal policy veterans working on the deal are the former chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, a former policy director to FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel and an FCC senior counsel who led the agency's 2011 approval of the Comcast-NBC Universal deal," according to Bloomberg BNA.

Brian Fung covers technology for The Washington Post.
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